SEATTLE, Aug. 28, 2012 With the majority of American employers granting the holiday to their employees, the Labor Day weekend inevitably finds millions of Americans fighting traffic as they try to get out of town for one last long weekend before autumn's cooler temperatures arrive.
However, drivers no longer need to resign themselves to hours in gridlock this holiday. INRIX Traffic, a free smartphone app, helps drivers start their holiday without delay finding them the fastest route out of town. Additionally, the app provides them with traffic forecasts that help drivers time their getaway to beat the traffic as well as get alerts to accidents and other traffic-causing delays to avoid along the way. Vacationers using INRIX to guide their drives can look forward to more time spent enjoying their time off and less time behind the wheel—a savings that they'll also see in their pockets, as less money spent on gas burned in traffic means more money to spend having fun.
"Our analysis of Labor Day traffic trends shows the majority of Labor Day travelers leave on Friday afternoon. But this approach usually costs drivers more time than it saves because of added delays due to heavier than expected traffic," said INRIX Director of Community Relations Jim Bak.
A New Yorker heading to the Hamptons, for instance, will spend 40 minutes longer traveling to their destination via the Long Island Expressway (LIE) than the Sunrise Highway – even though the LIE route is a shorter distance – because of traffic.
"Holidays just like accidents and weather can make it nearly impossible to get out of town without experiencing some type of delay. With INRIX Traffic, you spend more time enjoying your holiday weekend with friends and family and less time idling behind the car in front of you," added Bak.
INRIX Traffic is a free app for iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone that transforms drivers' smartphones into their own personal traffic reporter. The app taps into the world's largest community of drivers to help travelers save time, fuel and frustration with up-to the minute insight into current traffic conditions for all highways, city streets and other heavily travelled local roads nationwide.
Highly-accurate INRIX Arrival Times, available through the iOS version of INRIX Traffic (and soon to come on other platforms), may be sent ahead along with your selected route to friends and family waiting for you at your destination.
INRIX Traffic is available for download at http://inrixtraffic.com. A lifetime upgrade to the premium version of the app, offering unlimited saved locations as well as access to traffic cameras (iOS only) is available for $29.99.
INRIX® is the largest global traffic intelligence platform in the world, delivering smart data and advanced analytics to solve transportation issues worldwide. INRIX crowd sources data daily from approximately 100 million vehicles and devices to deliver traffic and driving-related insight, as well as sophisticated analytical tools and services, across six industries in 31 countries.
With more than 200 customers and partners including Audi, ADAC, ANWB, BMW, the BBC, Ford Motor Company, the I-95 Coalition, MapQuest, Microsoft, NAVIGON, Nissan, O2, Tele Atlas, Telmap, Toyota and Vodafone, INRIX's real-time traffic information and traffic forecasts help drivers save time every day. To experience the traffic technology revolution behind the next generation of transportation, navigation and location-based service applications, visit www.INRIX.com.